“They’ll be able to race for their own national championship and earn money to help pay for their post-secondary education,” he added. “Scholarships will not be based on a certain program or field of study. We see so many different occupations represented by our current membership that we don’t want to place any limits on scholarship recipients.” The junior national champion will be given the same accolades as national champions in each of those divisions during the IMCA awards banquet in November and receive a trophy, ring and jacket. Top 10 drivers in junior national champion point standings each receive $500 scholarships applicable toward post-high school education in the first year of the program. It is important to note that no points will be awarded to non-IMCA members or to any driver who has not submitted a correct minor release form, nor will points be awarded retroactively. VINTON, Iowa – IMCA’s first junior national champion will be crowned in 2020. Individual scholarship funds will accumulate over multiple seasons and be paid out at one time. To be eligible for the junior national championship, drivers must turn 14 by Aug. 31 and must not turn 19 before May 31. The 2019 season saw 14 and 15-year-old drivers race to numerous IMCA national and regional rookie of the year titles, as well as track championships. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for a while. This is a good time to get the junior national champion and scholarship fund established,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “It’s our way of helping build the sport and rewarding the participation of our youngest competitors.” Scholarship funds will be paid when drivers register for their first year of higher education. “Selection of those dates allows 13-year-old drivers to compete for the majority of our weekly point season,” Root explained. “It also means drivers who turn 14 in September can still race four times and not lose rookie of the year status for the following season.” “As other sanctions worry about changing divisional rules and simply start out-pricing the youngest racers the sport has to offer, we are going to focus on the things that matter, like engaging young racers in things they would actually benefit from,” Root said. Drivers between the ages of 13 and 18 in all eight IMCA divisions will compete for the title, with point standings to be based on the best 20 finishes in their first 40 starts. More information about the IMCA junior national champion and the accompanying scholarship fund will be announced.
Published on February 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-1) blew a 5-2 lead to No. 10 Georgia (2-0) Friday evening in the bottom of the seventh inning, losing 6-5. Earlier on Friday, SU captured its first win of the 2017 season with a 9-6 victory over East Carolina (0-1) in Athens, Georgia, as part of the Red and Black Showcase.In Game 1, East Carolina jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning. Syracuse ace AnnaMarie Gatti, allowed four runs and six walks before she exited after only an inning on the mound. Baylee Douglass replaced her and kept East Carolina off the scoreboard for the next two innings.In the third inning, Sydney O’Hara knocked in her third run of the day, sparking a Syracuse rally that resulted in a Faith Cain RBI and an Andrea Bombace two-run home run to move the game to 6-4.East Carolina tied the game again at 6-6 in the fourth inning before Syracuse scored three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach, 9-6. Douglass, a transfer, picked up her first win at Syracuse and O’Hara collected her first save of the season.In Game 2, the Orange shelled Kylie Bass with a four-run inning in the second. Hannah Dossett knocked in the first run of the game with a solo home run to right center. Alicia Hansen padded the total with a 3-RBI double to the center field warning track, just passed the outstretched glove of UGA centerfielder Cortni Emanuel.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly from Justice Milz. Emaneul scored in the third when her sister, Sydni Emanuel, drove her in on a single down the third base line.Syracuse freshman pitcher, Alexa Romero carried a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning, when Hansen added another RBI, her fourth of the day. Georgia, though, took advantage of the young righty in its last half inning. Romero failed to get an out, giving up three runs and leaving a runner on third. She was replaced by Douglass, who gave up the winning run on the next pitch, a line drive to left field from Emanuel.The Orange will face Georgia in a rematch tomorrow at 3 p.m. before finishing out the day against Winthrop at 5:30. Comments